How Governments Can Leverage Federal Funds to Partner With Local Nonprofits

How Governments Can Leverage Federal Funds to Partner With Local Nonprofits

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State and local governments can use federal coronavirus relief funds to partner with nonprofit organizations in their communities, aiding local recovery efforts by expanding existing programs or creating new ones, the National Council of Nonprofits advises in a new report.

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That funding is desperately needed, as most nonprofits have seen increased need from constituents while also facing layoffs and reduced donations during the pandemic, said Tiffany Carter, policy counsel at the National Council of Nonprofits and the report’s lead author.

“We’ve heard from government officials at all levels about the need to make this funding go as far as it possibly can. Nonprofits have the relationships with the people on the ground to implement that impact,” she said. “We wanted this report to empower nonprofits to say that under ARPA, governments are permitted to allocate that funding. It is clarified in the law, and it is clarified in the regulations, and we have a proven track record of getting things done, so this is where we want to go.”

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